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Joan Laporta insists European Super League is "far from abandoned"

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes the Super League is 'far from abandoned'
Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes the Super League is 'far from abandoned' / AFP7/GettyImages

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted the European Super League is "far from abandoned" and English clubs are 'waiting' to learn about the new format.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United all initially signed up for the competition last year, alongside Atletico Madrid, Inter, Milan, Barca, Real Madrid, and Juventus.

And barring Barca, Madrid, and Juve, all the other clubs pulled out from participating in the breakaway competition following severe backlash from players, fans, and pundits.

And reports this month have suggested that the three European giants are still plotting to relaunch the idea for another competition that is set to directly compete with the UEFA and the Champions League.

The 59-year-old told Mundo Deportivo: "Super League abandoned? No, far from it.

"We are still here with Juventus, Real Madrid and other teams waiting. English clubs are still waiting, whether Manchester, Liverpool or the Germans too.

"They are waiting to see if it will be a new competition format or if it will be an improved Champions League. But we are here and we win in each of the legal proceedings that have been initiated.

"We are now waiting for the verdict of the European Court and we hope that it will rule by the end of the year."

Speaking earlier this month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin accused those of relaunching Super League plans as a means of distracting the world from the issues taking place in Ukraine.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit in London, Ceferin said: "I have to say that those speaking about the Super League are not speaking about football. I am sick and tired of this non-football project.

"First, they launched their nonsense of the idea in the middle of a pandemic. Now, we read articles that they are planning to launch another idea now in the middle of a war.

"Do I have to speak more about these people? They obviously live in a parallel world.

"We are helping in a terrible situation, they are working on a project like that. They can pay whoever they want to write 'this is a nice project, they are full of solidarity, there will be charity to small ones.'"